The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired catcher JT Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Sixto Sanchez, LHP Will Stewart and international signing pool money.
This is a huge trade. The Phillies are favorites to land star OF Bryce Harper, and to get him on board, they added the league's best catcher, to go along with SS Jean Segura and OF Andrew McCutchen. Realmuto will instantly give them an advantage behind the plate, and help make them more of a contender. They give up their catcher of the future, Alfaro, after one year, and their top prospect in Sanchez, which is a steep price, but that's expected after the Marlins undersold on Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton last offseason.
Realmuto, 27, had a batting average of .277, with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs in 531 Plate Appearances. 2018 was the best year of his career. In his career, all with the Marlins, Realmuto has a .279 batting average, with 59 home runs and 243 RBIs, plus 31 stolen bases in 2152 Plate Appearances.
For the Marlins, they are still in a big rebuild, and now they trade their final star left. In return, they get Alfaro, a young, MLB ready catcher, Sanchez, a 20 year old prospect who is top 30 prospect in baseball, and another prospect in Stewart. Plus, they get money to sign international free agents.
Alfaro, 25, had a .262 batting average, with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 377 Plate Appearances for the Phillies in 2018. In his MLB career, all with the same team, Alfaro has a .270 batting average, with 15 home runs and 51 RBIs in 508 Plate Appearances.
Sanchez, 20, had a 2.51 ERA, with a 1.07 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 46.2 innings for High-A Clearwater in 2018.
Stewart, 21, had a 2.06 ERA, .098 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 113.2 innings for Single-A Lakewood in 2018.